Not everyone lives and gardens in a wind tunnel. But for those of you who do, and for those who are planning on giving the Topsy Turvy® Tomato Planter a shot… well, you’re gonna get a snort-laugh-giggle out of this. And then you’re going to be going to be running to Ace Hardware to buy a cinder block and a goodly hank of rope, and learn to anchor hanging planters with ease.
First. If you’ve rigged your tomato plant planters way high up in the air: Stop. Go rig them lower so you can get the water into them without dislocating your shoulder. I didn’t do the math on the weight of water in a gallon milk jug. Trust me. Lower the whole contraption while you still can. Your shoulder will thank me and your right arm won’t end up looking like Popeye’s.
Besides, it’s going to be easier to bend over to check for tomatoes than it is to fly up in the air to check for tomatoes – especially in a high wind.
Second. Once you have the plants lowered, tie one end of a length (*) of sturdy rope around one of the top supports of the planter. See the red circle? Tie it there. Securely.
Third. Push the whole length of rope through the open part of a cinder block.
Fourth. Tie the other end LOOSELY to the place where the green circle is, but make a knot you can undo. Leave extra rope so you can adjust the height of the planter as needed – I left six feet extra just in case. You’ll tighten this in a moment.
Lastly. Pull the cinder block toward the wind. Voila. Plant anchor! When you anchor hanging planters, you want to make sure they’re not going to swing and hit walls, supports, barbecue pits and other obstacles. Use the cinder block to create the tension so that the planter can’t hit things if it does move.
Adjust the rope length so the block doesn’t have to be TOO far away from the plant to keep it from moving, but so that the block is not directly beneath the plant. You don’t want to be tripping over this thing every morning when you water, or my name will become your swear word of choice.
If it works, it works. If the neighbors start laughing and pointing, tell ’em you’re building an ark.
(*) How long is a length of sturdy rope, you ask? Well, it’s from the top of one side of the planter, down and through a cinder block on the ground, with a foot or so slack to adjust the block placement, and then up to the other side of the planter. THIS is why I suggest lowering the planter before you begin anchoring it – well, this and the Popeye arm thing.
See the yellow circle on the third picture, marked Fig. B? That’s the end result. The planter doesn’t whip in the wind or slam itself against the patio roof supports, which means the plants don’t get as wind-beaten as before. Which means the tomatoes won’t get beat up either, which means you can use that spiffy new food processor to make them into homemade pasta sauce, instead of waiting for the patio roof support to squish them for you.
Oh, since you’re gardening in a high wind area, once in a while, take a look at the rope where it’s going through the cinder block, to make sure it’s not sawing itself in half. Nasty surprise that’d be!
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